“Visualizing revolt and punishment in early modern times” – Conference Session II
On 15th and 16th November, the second conference on “Visualizing Revolt and Punishment in Early Modern Times” will take place at the Bischofsvilla in Konstanz after the success of the first conference at Harvard last April. During the conference we will explore conflict- and contact zones between different visual cultures related to violent political conflict. Pictures were often essential to the communication of political violence – such as revolts – because they were the only language that the entire population could “read”, the lower strata of society included. One could therefore even argue that patterns of visual perception were at least as important for shaping early modern people’s mindsets as the written word.
From all parts of Europe, historians will come together to discuss the visual culture of early modern violence. Speakers include Valerie Mainz (Leeds), who will present French and British caricatures of the late 18th century revolutionary period, Luc Racaut (Newcastle), who explores the relation between Protestant and Catholic depictions of martyrdom, Marianne Eekhout (Leiden), introducing us to local memory landscapes of the Dutch Revolt, and Joana Fraga (Barcelona), who focuses on the visualization of the Portuguese Restauration War.
We would like to invite all who are interested in this fascinating subject to attend the conference.
For more details on the individual talks and speakers, please follow the links below: